firmly believe without a doubt that Stempy was a victim of VETERINARY
that resulted in his
preventable death at the hands of BAD vet
ANN THOMAS, DVM ~ RODEO DRIVE VETERINARY HOSPITAL ~ MESQUITE, TEXAS
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Stempy was a victim of alleged veterinary negligence / veterinary malpractice. The BAD veterinarian who did this to Stempy was Ann Thomas DVM of Rodeo Drive Veterinary Hospital in Mesquite, Texas. This website is dedicated to the memory of our beloved little Shih Tzu boy - Stempy - and to exposing the BAD veterinarian - Ann Thomas DVM - responsible for his negligent care and untimely death. We also aim to expose the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners who often protect these BAD vets at the expense of the lives of Texas pets. NEVER blindly trust your veterinarian.
What happened to Stempy?
veterinary negligence , veterinary abuse , veterinary malpractice , incompetent , substandard
Stempy had a problem with bladder stones. This is a condition that needs to be monitored and managed. There is much more to managing this condition than just a diet change. (Read this at VeterinaryPartner.com to learn about Stempy's condition.) Stempy was already on a prescription diet from his previous veterinarian due to a previous problem with stones. This was dealt with by his prior veterinarian nonsurgically. We changed veterinarianss in the Fall of 2003 because we never saw the same vet twice at our old clinic. We wanted a vet who would get to know our dogs. It was then that we made the worst decision of our lives in our choice of a new veterinarian.
Dr. Ann Thomas - Rodeo Drive Veterinary Hospital (aka Rodeo Dr. Vet Rodeo Dr Veterinary Hospital Canine & Cat Corral , Rodeo Drive Animal ) was a solo practitioner that was close to our home. We had started buying Stempy’s prescription diet from Dr. Thomas in September 2003. Since Dr. Thomas had never seen Stempy, she required us to provide his records from his previous veterinarian in order to dispense his prescription diet. (*-Note that in Stempy’s records from Dr. Thomas, she claims that his previous records contained no mention of his bladder stone history. If that is the case, then what in the world was she doing dispensing a prescription diet to Stempy without ever seeing him? Isn't that a failure to establish a veterinarian/client/patient relationship?) Dr. Thomas sold us Stempy’s prescription diet several times before doctor and patient ever met.
Stempy met Dr. Thomas (aka Ann K Thomas DVM Ann Thomas DVM Ann K. Thomas DVM Ann Thomas, DVM Ann K. Thomas, DVM Ann K Thomas, DVM Dr. Ann K. Thomas, DVM ) , of Rodeo Drive Veterinary Hospital (aka Rodeo Dr. Vet Rodeo Dr Veterinary Hospital Canine & Cat Corral Rodeo Drive Animal ) for the first time under adverse circumstances. In November of 2003, Stempy had a urethral obstruction (Perhaps both Dr. Thomas and the reviewing veterinarians for the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners should review and study the following links on Urethral Obstruction and Canine Retrograde Urohydropropulsion: A Standard of Care ) caused by a bladder stone blocking his urethra. This is a medical emergency. Of course, all we knew at the time is that Stempy couldn’t urinate and he was very uncomfortable. Dr. Thomas was able to wash the obstruction back to his bladder. As she should, she took radiographs to see the stone, and she did a urinalysis. Based on the urinalysis, she changed his diet. She sent Stempy home wearing a catheter to wait a few days for a cystotomy to be performed. We informed Dr. Thomas of a few seizure-like episodes Stempy had experienced in his past because we were worried it would cause problems with his anesthesia. Dr. Thomas responded to this information by saying, “Oh really.” (Dr. Thomas denies this conversation ever occurred – we remember it vividly) Stempy had his cystotomy and recovered well from surgery. Based on lab results, Dr. Thomas again changed Stempy’s diet. Stempy had one additional urinalysis at one post surgical follow up appointment that contradicted the lab results and her again changing his diet. She paid no attention and should have changed his diet again, but did not...she left him on a diet not even formulated for bladder stones and had him on this wrong diet for the remainder of his life.
From our extensive research after Stempy’s death (also see Consider page of this website), we learned that Dr. Thomas did not follow proper protocol starting with this very first surgery. Dr. Thomas failed to take post surgical radiographs after the cystotomy to verify removal of all stones. Dr. Thomas failed to recommend quarterly urinalyses to monitor his urine. This is a MUST for bladder stone patients as many patients form new stones in the future. Dr. Thomas failed to recommend twice yearly radiographs. This is a MUST with the goal being to catch new stones forming while they are small enough to be removed non-surgically.
(Read for yourself - many examples /recommendations from veterinary professionals prove Dr. Thomas did not follow normal protocol: click here, and here, and here.)
There were several opportunities to recommend a urinalysis or radiograph to us to monitor Stempy’s condition. Dr. Thomas never recommended anything. (See Timeline page of this website.)
In March of 2005, Stempy again had a urethral obstruction. We were not sure that is what it was at the time. Dr. Thomas failed to take radiographs to ensure her diagnosis. She again washed the stone back to the bladder to relieve the obstruction. A cystotomy was scheduled for the following week and Stempy was sent home wearing a catheter again. When we went to pick up Stempy post surgery, somehow the stone had magically disappeared, so no cystotomy was performed. We were never shown radiographs to back up Dr. Thomas’ claim. No future monitoring was recommended or performed.
In September 2005, Stempy again had a urethral obstruction that unblocked itself just prior to going to see Dr. Thomas. Despite his prior history, Dr. Thomas failed to take radiographs and failed to diagnose bladder stones, even though she was told he was obstructed and had been for a day until just prior to coming in. She said he just had elevated sperm in his urine and sent him home. This event right here is a FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE and is BELOW the standard of care ESPECIALLY with his PRIOR HISTORY of stones WITH THIS VET!
WHY in the HELL wouldn't you take an x-ray when you have just been told that he had been blocked for a full day AND that WE suspected stones again? Stempy had already had TWO prior episodes WITH HER. This is a MAJOR FAILURE on her part. She must have had an aversion to using her x-ray machine - was it outdated? Looking back on his care, we believe she purposely avoided using her x-ray machine multiple times - when any other vet would have AT LEAST recommended an x-ray! VIOLATION? We believe so. How could the Texas Vet Board just dismiss this case?.
ONLY TWO WEEKS LATER, Stempy again experienced a urethral obstruction from most likely the SAME STONE. FROM MOST LIKELY THE SAME STONE THAT FIRST OBSTRUCTED HIM BACK IN MARCH 2005! (Calcium Oxalate stones do NOT dissolve or just disappear - MAJOR FAILURE BY DR. THOMAS - INEXCUSABLE!) She AGAIN failed to take radiographs to confirm diagnosis, location, and amount. She FAILED to properly wash the stone back to the bladder and tried jamming the catheter in to push the stone back to the bladder. She stated in his records that she was unable to collect a urine specimen. She sent Stempy home wearing a catheter and scheduled a cystotomy for the coming week.
How would she PASS a catheter and NOT be able to obtain a urine specimen? In fact, how did she relieve the distended bladder caused by the obstruction and yet NOT be able to obtain a urine specimen? As we now know, she had LODGED the catheter to the stone, so much so that she told us the she was unable to remove the catheter. So this begs the question: How did she relieve the distended bladder? There was no cystocentesis done. Did she damage his urethra with the very forceful - and unsuccessful - catheterization? The FAILURE to x-ray on this day is OUTRAGEOUS. Yet, the Texas Vet Board looks the other way.
Dr. Thomas ONLY had permission to perform a cystotomy - nothing else. She did NOT perform a cystotomy. She had lodged the catheter to the stone with the forceful catheterization she had performed. She was unable to remove the catheter. She told us that Stempy, himself, removed the catheter, although this is not what she wrote in his records.She performed an unauthorized procedure which she said was a perineal urethrostomy. This is not the procedure she performed, as admitted by the board. SO SHE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT SURGERY SHE PERFORMED? WAS SHE JUST MAKING STUFF UP AS SHE WENT ALONG? Her own vet tech stated she had NEVER performed that type of surgery before. She cut our little boy from his anus to his scrotum - a NINE cm incision - and NO NEW permanent or temporary opening was made - as would be expected with a urethrotomy or a urethrostomy. Remember - we had ONLY authorized a cystotomy. THAT'S IT. NOTHING ELSE. As previously mentioned, three days before this unauthorized surgery, Dr. Thomas had failed to wash the stone back to the bladder and had instead lodged the catheter to the stone. She would have known this if she would have taken a radiograph three days earlier when he was brought in. Instead, Stempy was either still obstructed for those three days or she had damaged his urethra and/or bladder when she attempted the forceful catheterization. (Take another look at these links:Urethral Obstruction and Canine Retrograde Urohydropropulsion: A Standard of Care.) Instead of referring us to a specialist, Dr. Thomas tried to fix her own disastrous failure. If Stempy was in an emergency situation the day of surgery, then SHE is the one who put him there with her FAILURES three days earlier. INEXCUSABLE. Are these not violations? COME ON!!
Stempy was in extreme pain post surgery. We took him back to her EVERY DAY post surgery. Stempy was not eating and was only dribbling urine. She never properly examined him. She just kept changing his pain medicine. Then she gave us a tranquilizer with no pain killing abilities (Acepromazine) and led us to believe it was yet another pain killer. This tranquilizer lowers the seizure threshold and is not recommended for brachycephalic breeds.
Two days post surgery, Dr. Thomas’ clinic DENIED care to Stempy when his condition was deteriorating. The clinic stated that Stempy would be IN PAIN for 2 or 3 more days and then he would be fine and NOT to bring him in - YET they had just taken him completely OFF of painkillers! How INHUMANE is THAT? Violation? Evidently not in Texas.
The very next morning, three days post surgery….Stempy passed away. He was found unconscious and lifeless on his pillow. We rushed him to this vet to no avail.
It is our contention that Stempy passed away because of that unauthorized “surgery” that Dr. Thomas had NEVER performed before that would have NEVER have been needed had Dr. Thomas taken radiographs as needed and properly diagnosed and treated his condition. There is NO DOUBT in our minds that Dr. Thomas is 100% responsible for Stempy’s preventable death. Her attitude and failure to properly care for him those 3 days after his unauthorized surgery - to the point that the clinic DENIED Stempy care the night before he died - is deeply disturbing. Did she WANT Stempy to die?
She butchered our little boy!
(**NOTE: Dr. Thomas never recommended or performed any blood tests prior to ANY of the surgical procedures she performed. Check the Records.)
(Visit the Expert Opinion page of this website.)
"Blind trust. THAT'S why we did not take him to another vet, even though things did not seem right towards the end. We did not know then that this vet was an idiot that was untrustworthy. Just like most people out there, we blindly trusted our vet. Never in a million years did we think we needed to worry about the veterinarian harming our dog. That is something we have to live with for the rest of our lives.
But let's be REAL CLEAR here....this vet was supposed to be the professional here and she was CLEARLY negligent in his care. HER failure caused his death. If we knew then what we know now, we would have RAN to a different vet and saved his life. "
-- Greg & Cindy Munson
(Visit all the various pages of this website for detailed information of the aforementioned events.)
veterinary negligence , veterinary abuse , veterinary malpractice , incompetent , substandard10/18/2008....A couple of days ago we located 8 precious seconds of Stempy video from 7/13/2002 - 4 days before his 5th birthday. There is a possibility of more video, but it is as yet not located. This brief video is a treasured find for us. Press play to watch:
November 18, 2008
San Antonio, Texas - KSAT - ABC 12 - San Antonio television station KSAT - 12, the ABC affiliate, ran a story November 18th on the Texas Veterinary Board and changes that citizens are seeking. This is the second Texas TV station to cover Stempy's Story (see KTVT footage further down this page). We are very grateful and extend our thanks to KSAT for the great coverage.
WATCH THE VIDEO:
You can also watch the video at the KSAT ABC-12 website:
February 2014 - Notice: Some older updates have been moved to the Contact page to clean up the appearance of the Home page. Thank you for visiting.
The dead cannot cry out for justice;
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"Stempy, we think about you every single day! We love you & miss you so much! Oh, how we long to hold you in our arms again; to hear your little bark; to hear you snort at us; to see your little tail wag! Such a beautiful little boy you were! Our promise to you: We will fight for justice for you to the ends of the earth. You will NEVER be forgotten!" Love always, Your Daddy & Mommy.
Never blindly trust your veterinarian....
Stempy died 3 days after surgery to remove a bladder stone, but there is so much more to the story. We have filed a formal complaint (January 2006) with the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for the veterinary negligence that Stempy endured at the hands of Ann Thomas, DVM . We will update this site as we go through the process. (Dismissed May 2006 - Dismissed again August 2006) Click on the links up above to learn more about the veterinary negligence.
....your pet's life may depend on it!
Veterinary Negligence / Malpractice / Incompetence / Abuse is, unfortunately, a growing problem in the United States and elsewhere. You must become an informed consumer. While we hope that most veterinarians practicing today are knowledgeable and compassionate professionals who truly care about their patients, you just simply cannot leave it to chance. Our personal experience has now made us painfully aware of the "other" veterinarians out there that, in our opinion and as seen through our eyes, are incompetent or could care less about you and your beloved pet. If you don't do your "homework," your beloved pet could pay the price with their life. Research complaints, diagnoses, medications, etc. If the veterinarian recommends surgery, get a second opinion! For more opinions and information on this topic, please visit our friends at the Veterinary Abuse Network .
VETERINARY NEGLIGENCE & SUBSTANDARD CARE
...at the hands of Ann Thomas DVM - Mesquite, Texas
CONDENSED AND COMBINED VERSION OF THE 33+ ALLEGED VIOLATIONS:
(full details are available by clicking the page links above)
OPINION, AS SEEN THROUGH OUR EYES, AS PERSONALLY
Dr. Thomas had Stempy on the wrong prescription diet for 2 years and failed to record dispensing his prescription diet on multiple occasions.
IN OUR OPINION, THIS IS VETERINARY NEGLIGENCE & SUBSTANDARD CARE. PERIOD.
(click the page links up above for a detailed listing of all of the alleged violations)
NO JUSTICE FOR STEMPY!?!
HEY TEXAS VET BOARD! WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY!
~ WE DEMAND JUSTICE!! ~
Surgery can cause excruciating pain and distress, especially a botched surgery. Ann Thomas, DVM has obviously forgotten how to recognize pain & distress in the animals she is treating. Ann Thomas, DVM has lost her concern for the distress that surgery can create.----------------
Stempy was literally in worse shape and in constant extreme pain post surgery. It's why we took him back up there every day post-surgery. She literally acted like we were a bother to her post-surgery. She said, "Stempy was just being whiney." We know our dogs extremely well. Stempy was NOT being "whiney"... he was in excruciating pain!She lied in his records about what we observed and reported to her. She butchered our little boy. His incision was from his anus to his scrotum. The incision was stitched up w/ big, thick stitches. There was severe bruising. There was NO new or temporary opening made anywhere. We only remember seeing him dribble some urine post surgery....never a solid stream.
He was in CONSTANT excruciating pain post 9/27/05 surgery.
She severely hurt our little boy........She did not help him.
NO PATIENT SHOULD BE WORSE FOR HAVING SEEN THE DOCTOR.
In spite of all evidence proving negligence.
WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?
OBVIOUSLY, THE BOARD PROTECTS VETS...NOT OUR PETS.
8/7/06 - OUR APPEAL HAS NOW BEEN DISMISSED
Robert L. Lastovica, DVM of Friendship Veterinary Center & Lastovica Angus Farm
in Fredericksburg, Texas - was the reviewing veterinarian who dismissed the appeal. He was the President of the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners at the time of Stempy's complaint. (update May 2008 - his six year term has now expired and he is no longer a member of the Board.) Of course, we were not allowed any contact during the appeal or complaint process.We have made several attempts to communicate with Dr. Lastovica and the other Board members. There should be no problem with communication now, but none of Board members have ever responded to us. We are waiting for someone to explain how all 33 alleged violations were dismissed.
Why was Dr. Thomas not punished?
Just an honest and ethical explanation is what we seek from each of you.
Stempy is deserving and we want to hear your explanation.
The complaint and appeal process is over.
There is no reason you cannot communicate with us now.
We are waiting.........and waiting ........and waiting
March 23, 2007
Dallas, Texas - KTVT - CBS 11 - Dallas / Ft. Worth television station KTVT - 11, the local CBS affiliate, ran a two-part story March 21st and March 22nd on Veterinary Malpractice and what happens in Texas when your pet is a victim of a Bad Vet. Veteran news anchor Tracy Rowlett, the "Walter Cronkite" of Dallas / Ft. Worth, interviewed us for this story. Stempy's story was a prominent part of both segments. We were very pleased with the story and we are sincerely appreciative of Mr. Rowlett for interviewing us and very thankful to Executive Producer John Sparks for contacting us and arranging the interview.
WATCH THE TWO PART VIDEO:
Here are a few still shots taken from the video:
You can also watch the videos at the KTVT CBS-11 website:
Bad Vets - KTVT CBS-11 - Special Report - Part 1
Bad Vets - KTVT CBS-11 - Special Report - Part 2
|In our opinion, ANN K. THOMAS, DVM is an incompetent vet based on our experience with her and we would NEVER, under any circumstances, recommend her to anybody with a pet!|
|In our opinion, Stempy is also a victim of the TEXAS STATE BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EXAMINERS' complaint system that is supposed to PROTECT OUR PETS, but, instead, may very well be protecting GUILTY VETS! Approximately 90% of ALL consumer complaints filed in Texas against veterinarians are DISMISSED as no violation found!|
|Notice: The material presented on each page of this website consists solely of the opinions, observations, interpretations, & personal experiences of Greg & Cindy Munson, co-authors of this website, & should be considered in that context. Also included on this website are text copies of material submitted to and received from the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, along with copies of the medical records, as received by Greg & Cindy Munson via facsimile, from Ann K. Thomas, DVM.|
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